View Full Version : Whatever happend to FMV adventure games?

04-06-2011, 05:56 AM
Honestly how many people whored themselves out to afford a cdrom drive to play the 7th guest? It was amazing.

tex murphey
11th hour
johnny mnemonic
phantasmagoria 1+2
gabriel knight 2
black dahlia
Myst and zork... sort of.

I honestly miss them, Sure they were cheesy but christ they were good fun.

So what was everyone favourite?

For me it was Phantasmagoria. Sooooo much fun. I bought it on gog and played it for the first time in like 15 years. held up well.

04-06-2011, 07:08 AM
Haha yes Phantasmagoria!!!!!! I remember playing it when was much younger, one of the first CD-Rom games I bought... and was literally scared (I had nightmare after those gorey scenes...!). Still beside all the gore it was really well done, interesting story, interesting... main character and overall a cool game.

Bad Sector
04-06-2011, 08:02 AM
Check out Conspiracies 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kg5XYHj1vw). It was made by a small Greek company. Here is a review (http://www.adventuregamers.com/article/id,1302) and here is the game's site (http://www.anima-ppd.com/).

I don't play adventure games so i can comment on the game's quality as an adventure game (although i've heard only positive comments on the story and mixed comments on the puzzles). The game was made in a low budget and the FMV videos show that. The game was in development hell for years with most of the content being done before even the engine was written so the assets are also very low-res. The engine, on the other hand, is very modern but the rest of the game doesn't seem to take advantage of it.

Still, this is one of the few FMV games available today so if you really like those games and can look past the acting and low-res assets, you might like it.

04-06-2011, 09:39 AM
Anyone play the adventure game 'The Dame Was Loaded' by Beam software? It was a point and click adventure but with FMV characters and digitized locations. It had some stunning video playback for the time, and was a great adventure, but seems to have been largely forgotten. Would be great to get it on GOG.

There's a walkthrough on YouTube if you want to see what it was like:


04-06-2011, 06:13 PM
There's an FMV game called Darkstar that launched a few months back too. Set on a spaceship, bit odd, as it's meant to be a serious game, but they cast almost the entire cast of MST3K...

04-06-2011, 08:58 PM
I loved Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon. Must have played it a million times. I remember playing Phantasmagoria too - boobies.

05-06-2011, 06:36 AM
Anyone else remember Spycraft?

05-06-2011, 05:48 PM
Anyone interested in more or less recent FMV adventures should also check the Casebook (http://www.casebookthegame.com/index.html) games and Yoomurjak's Ring (http://www.yoomurjak.com/?menu=game&page=the_story). There is sadly not too much info on the game's official website, but a demo exists (http://www.gamershell.com/download_21413.shtml), and it is available for purchase (as far as I know, exclusively) as a digital download from the Adventure Shop. (http://eu-adventureshop.gamesplanet.com/?affiliate=AG)

And don't forget the freeware FMV adventure Fate by Numbers (http://www.fatebynumbers.com/).

05-06-2011, 07:45 PM
Tex Murphy was and still is a blast! I also enjoyed ripper and black dahlia although some of the puzzles in dahlia was mind numbingly hard.

05-06-2011, 07:51 PM
Wouldn't Kieron's The Curfew (http://www.thecurfewgame.com/) count?

05-06-2011, 09:59 PM
One issue was that they all felt old even when they were new.

05-06-2011, 10:28 PM
The Last Express was rotoscoped, wasn't it, and I thought that ended up looking very stylish. That looks a whole lot better than any true FMV game. It's aged a lot less.

The Return to Zork boasted a cast of Hollywood actors, shit ones. I read through the little booklet that came with the game and I hadn't heard of any of these guys. Oh, there was the guy from Flash Gordon. I think he was so terrible as Flash Gordon that he had to be dubbed. Even Peter Duncan gave a better performance in that movie.

If you look at the money that's thrown at computer games these days, I'm sure someone could put together a halfway decent FMV game. But probably standard rendered computer graphics would look a lot clearer and more realistic, except for actual faces and boobies and stuff. So, yeah, it's a choice between uncanny valley and hammy valley.

TROMA had some sort of toxic avenger game. That would have rocked as an FMV game. Go on, Lloyd, make us an FMV game. We expect it to be shit, anyway, so there's no pressure. In fact, don't bother.

06-06-2011, 01:45 AM
LA Noire isn't a million miles away to be honest. It's not quite photo-realistic in terms of characters but they're at least on the other side of the uncanny valley.

06-06-2011, 01:48 AM
Wouldn't Kieron's The Curfew (http://www.thecurfewgame.com/) count?

Did the downloadable version of this ever come out? Or did they fix the web version? I seem to remember it was horribly broken (not obviously, but the 'best' ending was unattainable).

06-06-2011, 02:35 AM
Did the downloadable version of this ever come out? Or did they fix the web version? I seem to remember it was horribly broken (not obviously, but the 'best' ending was unattainable).

I can't see a downloadable version there, unless I'm being a bit blind. I played it back when it was still horribly buggy (something messed up at the end, I can't remember what now) and I haven't had the heart to go back. I was enjoying it when it wasn't being broken though.

06-06-2011, 12:02 PM
I think any game which was FMV should count, not just adventure games. We did, after all, have Emperor: Battle for Dune, and Wing Commander IV after all (the latter of which was the first proper CD-ROM game I had). After all.

D Area
16-06-2012, 04:27 PM
I remember this great FMV-adventure game called Area D (more commenly known as Danger Island).
I loved playing it as a kid on my windows 98 and I still love playing it now :D
Here is a little video with the intro clip to give you an idea ;-)
It's impossible to find this game anywhere on the internet so if someone wants to enjoy one of the most awome FMV games ever I would be happy to make an image out of my copy and send it to you :-)
If you are interested just add me on skype and ask me :D skypename -> juststijn


17-06-2012, 02:00 AM
Personally and I know I am going to be in the minority here, but I loved EA's Majestic. It had plenty of FMV.

It was the only game I have ever played that really screwed with my real life and made me really think how to solve its puzzles. I can't tell you how long it took me to figure out how to access a persons voice mail because I couldn't find the phone icon in the game. The realization that I had to actually pick up a real phone and call the number blew me away.

I loved getting fax's and phone calls from the game in RL. It was just amazing...even if the game had very little content to hold you over day to day.

17-06-2012, 02:58 AM
Did anyone ever play Iron Helix? I have fond memories of it, although admittedly I was very young and easily impressed at the time.

D Area
17-06-2012, 10:06 AM
If anyone is still intrested in Area D (Danger Island), I made a .RAR file with the contents of the cd :)
You won't be able to play it on windows vista or 7 tough, but if you have a windows xp or like me an old windows 98, you should be able to play it by just clicking the .exe file ;)
So if anyone wants me to upload it somewhere, just ask :) (And maybe suggest a good free file hosting site xD)

17-06-2012, 11:36 AM
Anyone else remember Spycraft?

Ha! Thanks! I recently spent almost a day trying to remember the name of that game. I failed. I played that but was too young to really understand anything of it, probably mainly because of not being a native english speaker.

17-06-2012, 11:38 AM
In case you hadn't seen, there's actually a new Tex Murphy game going by the name Project Fedora that got funded on Kickstarter recently.

D Area
17-06-2012, 11:42 AM
Did no one ever play Area D? It really is a must play, so much fun! :D
(Again, if you want it, just ask me! :D)

17-06-2012, 02:29 PM
"This game has too many cutscenes, I wish it would just let me play!"

Did anyone ever play Iron Helix?
Yes! I still have the CD somewhere around here. I also really enjoyed a similar game called Syn Factor. Also loved Titanic: Adventure out of Time and Timelapse. Still have the lot of them!

Personally and I know I am going to be in the minority here, but I loved EA's Majestic. It had plenty of FMV.
Wait, what, you played Majestic? Tell me more!

D Area
18-06-2012, 12:41 AM
nice tutorial for those who want to play their old games on their new computer :-)

18-06-2012, 04:54 AM
Wait, what, you played Majestic? Tell me more!
I can't tell if your being sarcastic, but if your not.

It was one of the first ARG (Alt-Reality game). It would take place real time, which was it's downfall. When someone said they would call you tomorrow they weren't kidding. You would have to wait for your phone to ring. The game saved all conversations in case you missed the call, but it wasn't as fun replaying it that way. Gamers didn't like to wait. It was $10 a month with very limited gameplay...also EA temporarily shut it down after 9/11 because of its secret government storyline.

The storyline starts out with you joining a new company called Anim-X (I think). Then all of the sudden your computer goes crazy and you get an email saying there was a fire at the company and you needed to move on. A few hours later one of the programers who escaped the fire gets in contact with you...and you spend the next few chapters breaking into peoples voicemail, re-routing satellites, remotely deactivating security systems, and helping you new friends stay alive while trying to keep your identity a secret from the people trying to kill them.

It brilliantly used AIM, fax machines, real phones, and websites for you to research and use against the government which was trying to stop you. Also there was a lot of FMV of the people who you were helping and occasionally you would have group meetings to discuss what your next step would be.

I hope one day they make a game like this again which you will interact with your real life. I had a lot of fun with it...even if the midnight phone calls really pissed off my mom at the time (you could set the time it would be allowed to call, but I never did).

18-06-2012, 07:35 AM
I can't tell if your being sarcastic, but if your not.
I wasn't. Being from Australia I only ever vaguely heard about it before it came out, probably read it in a magazine. I don't know of anybody who actually played it, I only knew the basics of what it was supposed to be like.

18-06-2012, 08:14 AM
Kinect game The Gunstringer includes THIS amazing game mode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQbv9Rw8aJI (NSFW language)

(not an adventure, but worth watching just for the AMAZING FMV)

18-06-2012, 08:43 AM


18-06-2012, 04:51 PM
I highly, HIGHLY recommend the Casebook series of adventure\hidden object games. They use absolutely remarkable technology that bring FMV and photorealism into the 21st century.

Their engineers built a robot to film static locations. It drives through the locations taking series of 360 degree photographs every half inch or so, similar to Google Street View or Quicktime VR, but because the abundance of photographs you can actually WALK through these environments smoothly in any direction. I've never seen anything like it.

They also use wall-eyed lenses to film the FMV sequences and restrict the FOV to simulate being able to look around a little during otherwise static, non-interactive videos.

The games are simple but have a good bit of variety thanks to the crime scene lab analysis minigames. The premises are decent, as is the acting, and the writing has humour and wit.

The first game is free and you can buy the series for $20. I can't recommend this enough, even if all you do is gawk at the technology for a couple of minutes. If you've ever been into FMV games because the technology excited you, these games will scratch that long-neglected itch, I guarantee.


18-06-2012, 05:05 PM
They're gone for the same reason that 2D games are gone. Because 3D is cheaper to make. A different angle in a 2D game requires a separate picture. DooM had 8 sets of images for each character, one for every facing direction.

18-06-2012, 05:07 PM
I loved the hell out of Rebel Assault 1 + 2, though they are not adventures.

Juan Carlo
18-06-2012, 09:03 PM
I loved the hell out of Rebel Assault 1 + 2, though they are not adventures.

These were terrible. But at the time I was young enough that I loved them, I didn't realize how shitty the gameplay was.

That said, I don't think I ever made it through the first one. It was HARD. Not because the actual gameplay was hard, but because the controls were shit.